For Families and Patients

Preventing gun violence

Get rid of guns in your home. If this is not possible, keep guns unloaded in a locked area. Store the ammunition in a different, safe spot.

Limit how much your child watches TV or plays with video games that involve gun violence.

Don’t give your children toy guns for play.

Encourage nonviolent play.

Know the gun situation in the homes where your children go to visit.

Support gun control laws.

If you are unsure about who to call or for more information, talk with your doctor.

Family Focus is a series of positive parenting tips and information sheets developed by specialists at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. For a complete list of topics, visit our Web site: www.childrenshc.org, and click on “For Families and Patients” then “Positive Parenting.”

8/2002


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